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Perlove HISTART 393 / JUDAIC 317 / MEMS 360 / WOMENSTD 344: Heroes, Heroines, and Sinners of the Bible in Art: Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Others

Fall 2017Fall 2015

Heinrich Aldegrever
The two elders convicted of false witness by the young Daniel (one from the set
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Along the bottom of the composition are two horizontal bands with white borders. Within these bands are organic shapes bordered in dark lines. At the top half of the composition is square with white borders that showcases a heavily lined scene reminiscent of waves in the ocean. The background of the piece is highly texturized.
Gabor Peterdi
A Genesis
color etching | paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Gulick
Ernst Barlach
Der Erste Tag, from the series 'The Transformations of God'
woodcut | paper
(c) Ernst and Hans Barlach GbR Lizenzverwaltung, Ratzeburg
A nude woman sits at the edge of a pool in a garden with a fountain visible in the foreground. Two bearded men lean on a gate next to her. The closer figure extends his left hand toward the woman, while the other points toward a town visible in the distance.
Annibale Carracci
Susanna and the Elders
1585 – 1595
etching and engraving | paper
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
Marc Chagall
The Bible: The People of Israel
1929 – 1939
etching | paper
Museum Purchase
Eugène Delacroix
Expulsion of Adam and Eve
1845 – 1855
graphite | medium, slightly textured blued white laid paper
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family
Étienne Delaune
Biblical Scene
1518 – 1583
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Odilon Redon
Cain and Abel
etching and drypoint | paper
Museum Purchase
Carlo Naya
1855 – 1865
albumen print | paper
Gift of Peggy Pringle Emery
The Persian king Ahasuerus sits at right on a throne, wearing a turban with a crown, a cape with ermine around the neck and shoulders, and a gold chain around his neck.  He holds a slender scepter towards a woman in elaborate dress and crown, who has fainted at left.  This woman, Queen Esther, is supported by two handmaidens who each looks towards the king.
Robert Strange
Esther Before Ahasuerus
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Marco Marcola
Moses Striking Water from the Rock (recto) Two landscapes, a figure and ornamen
1740 – 1793
pen, brown ink and brown-blue wash, heightened with white, over black chalk
Purchased from the Estate of Edward Sonnenschein
Charles Fran
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
18th century
pen, brown ink and brown wash | buff paper
Museum Purchase

This course studies images of Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic culture, with emphasis upon religious texts and images of paintings, architecture, sculpture, photography, and maps. The course spans the years from the medieval through the 21st century, a period which witnessed intense interest in this region from a religious, political, and even romantic perspective. Jerusalem occupied the very center of the world in T-shaped maps of the middle ages, and the city long remained the focus of attention for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Christian rulers vainly attempted to launch crusades, now and then, from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries; yet despite failures to accomplish this goal, the attraction to Jerusalem remained strong. Biblical sources and scholars, both Jewish and Christian, continuously sought to reconstruct an “authentic” image of the ancient city in order to better understand the historical events of the past, and Christians embarked upon pilgrimages to the holy land to renew their faith and achieve salvation. Christians, Jews, and Muslims also focused upon Jerusalem as the site for events of the end of time. European travelers were attracted by the exotic landscape and people of this region and its Arabic inhabitants in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Jewish settlers of the early decades of the 20th century viewed Palestine as an ancient homeland of Jewish renewal and refuge from persecution, a concept that especial meaning during and after the Holocaust. Visual images of the city are a focus of our studies of this rich history. We will study maps, plans, and photography of the Holy Land in the Harlan Hatcher Map Collection and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The course will culminate with the study of contemporary Israeli and Palestinian art dealing with the preeminent concept of the Holy Land as homeland.


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